STB’s Oberman: Freight-rail industry needs ‘robust’ competition

Speaking at the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers summer meeting on July 13, STB Chairman Martin Oberman said STB members have been closely monitoring the state of the freight railroad network during the pandemic. “It’s not a secret” that some rail carriers are having more difficulty than others, with problems such as crew and equipment shortages leading to service interruptions, he said.

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin Oberman told Midwest shippers yesterday that “serious concerns” remain about whether the nation’s major railroads have the resources necessary to respond to an economy that’s roaring back to life after a pandemic-induced recession.


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